Owning Your Gluten Free Life – GFM podcast episode 10

Owning Being Gluten Free - GFM Podcast

Topics discussed:

06:00 – Intro to topic, owning your gluten free life
10:10 – Visiting mother law’s sister in Texas  - first time being gluten free
10:38 – Went to grocery store to stock up on gf food
11:05 – How long it took Andrew to learn to go gluten free
11:24 – Expect others to learn what you know in a small amount of time
11:50 – Portray living gluten free in a better light
12:00 – What is more convenient?
13:00 – Things Andrew does to make visiting friends easier
13:50 – Andrew’s shelf
15:50 – Andrew’s mom’s interest in GF
16:20 – Educating someone you trust
17:00 – What it means to own gluten free for Andrew
18:00 – Letting your guard down when you’re hangry
21:08 – No dessert
22:56 – We are the minority
23:00 – How do you present GF?
24:30 – The good things GF has done for you
25:00 – You can be gluten free and happy
26:00 – GF claims seemed fake to Andrew
29:12 – Lister feedback – Warms Rebecca’s heart
29:50 – Sergeant Natalie - Airforce
31:50 – News and Updates
32:00 – GF Magazine is now on the iPhone and iPod touch!
32:30 – Rebecca at BlogHer
32:47 – Rebecca at Celiac Disease Symposium – Chicago 9/22-9/25
33:15 – Rebecca will be speaking at the Food Allergy Blogger Conference in November
33:30 – PLC facelift
33:49 – Think about it
35:29 – Healthy change challenge



Andrew: And I was like, “Whoa! This sounds like super fake. This is the fakest thing ever.” I swear, for a while, I thought “this is just in their head”.

Welcome to the GFMagazine Podcast with Andrew Cordova and Rebecca Black. Join us as we discuss how to make living gluten-free just a little bit easier.

Hi there. Welcome to the GFMagazine Podcast. Episode no. 10. Andrew Cordova here with my co-host, Rebecca Black. How are you, Rebecca?

Rebecca: I’m wonderful! How are you?

Andrew: I am super awesome. I feel great! What did you do this weekend? I was in Houston. I was visiting Houston. We did all sorts of fun things. We went to Galveston Island. And actually, if anyone’s going there, there’s a Bubu Shrimp House or whatever that Forrest Gump restaurant is. They only have a few things on their menu that are gluten-free, but I had salmon and shrimp on a bed of spinach. It was so good. With green beans, I think. It was so good.

They had a couple of other things too. And then we had some pretty good luck in Houston too. I relied a lot on just searching gluten-free, Houston. I used Yelp a lot or Urbanspoon and find me gluten-free.

I did get sick though. I kind of was mad at myself. I didn’t ask enough questions at the one place we went to. I’m pretty sure the woman didn’t understand what I was saying when I asked her if they have a shred fryer. I had the chips and it gave me a horrible stomachache. So that was kind of a bummer. I had a little bit of brain fog for a couple of days. But oh well, it was my mistake. I own it. I didn’t ask enough questions, so it was my fault. It wasn’t their fault. It was my fault.

And of course I should never have listened to the hostess when I asked her if they had chips, “Oh yeah, honey. I’m gluten-free too.” And then she went on to tell me about all the things she eats, so I’m like, “Oh! Well, perfect! I can have all these stuff too,” which is another mistake of mine, right? I should never have assumed. Never assume anything.

Andrew: So besides that one incident, it was pretty good?

Rebecca: Yeah, we got a wonderful trip. It was really a lot of fun, yeah.

Andrew: Awesome! Yeah, I think it’s called Baba Gump-Williams. I think there’s one over here.

Rebecca: Yeah, they have a couple of things.

Andrew: The only reason we ever go there is just for the view. It’s right on the wharf. You’re just over the water and it just looks awesome, but the food there is – hmmm, so-so.

Rebecca: I mean, if I didn’t get sick, that’s always a plus. But you know, any time you go to a gluten-free restaurant or a restaurant with a gluten-free menu and they only have four or five items, it’s just frustrating especially when you’re on vacation because then, when you are just having lunch, you know I don’t want to spend $20 on a mean, but when my options are salads or fish and the fish costs $20, that’s what I’m going to pick.

So our lunch, instead of going to somewhere just where we could grab something for $25, our lunch ended up being $55. Plus I did indulge on a watermelon margarita, which I think is my new favorite thing in the universe.

Andrew: What are those? Like $8 or $9, something like that probably?

Rebecca: It was $10.

Andrew: Ten bucks.

Rebecca: Yeah, I didn’t know. I would never have got it if I knew it was $10. But they put those pictures on the menu and then they don’t give you a price.

Andrew: I could swear, you said you were the margarita – I remember asking you about would you – I said something like juice and you said, “Oh, I’m a kind of margarita girl.” [inaudible 00:03:49]

Rebecca: Yeah. But you know, normally, just like a strawberry one. I’ve never really gone out of the box.

Andrew: Oh, okay. I just like the plain ones.

Rebecca: The watermelon was good.

Andrew: I’m wondering if it’s watermelon, probably not.

Rebecca: Probably not.

Andrew: Well probably, probably.

Rebecca: Well, I don’t know. Probably some kind of sugar. It’s really sugar watermelon.

Andrew: There you go.

Rebecca: Because watermelon needs more sugar. Anyway, what did you do this weekend?

Andrew: What did I do? It was rodeo week, but I didn’t go to the rodeo for the first year in a long time. On Saturday, it was my birthday, so we just had barbecue at my cousin’s house. It was actually really fun.

Rebecca: Happy birthday!

Andrew: Thank you. Yeah, I usually don’t do anything, don’t even do barbecue. I just try and pass it on as another day because I don’t want to get older, but it was fun. My brother bought a pinata and put a bunch of candy in there. My mom made me a pineapple upside-down cake, which I haven’t had for days. It was so good.

And then we grilled some steak and some chicken. My mom made rice and we had a much of guacamole and salsa. It was really good.

Rebecca: Well, good! It sounds like you had a good birthday.

Andrew: Yeah, I had a really good time.

Rebecca: My husband’s birthday is Thursday.

Andrew: Oh, awesome.

Rebecca: I guess that would be July 25th depending on where you’re listening to this. Wait, does that mean you’re a Leo or what are you?

Andrew: I have no idea. I don’t believe in [inaudible 00:05:10] stuff. I don’t know enough about Leo or Mercury being high or Jupiter being to the side or something. I don’t know about it. I take it day by day. My name is Andrew Cordova.

Rebecca: I think it’s just fun. I think it’s fun stuff.

Andrew: I’ve never caught on to that thing. It’s more of a girl thing.

Rebecca: My husband would tell you the same thing.

Andrew: They have that stuff, all your information in Self Magazine or women’s magazine. It’s like in all the girl magazines. Maybe I should add that to GFMagazine. I’m going to start adding a food-to-go if you’re the time of the month or something. I don’t know.

So yeah, that’s what I did this weekend. Right now, I just finished eating a burrito bowl that’s almost similar to the Chipotle bowl, but it was just Mexican orange rice instead of the white rice and it was really, really good. That’s what I just ate right now. And I’m having some iced coffee.

And then the topic today is owning your gluten-free life. We previously recorded this two weeks ago, but I didn’t check the recording and it didn’t record. So we’re recording it again today and hopefully it comes out better than the last time.

Rebecca: Oh, last time, it was such a good one.

Andrew: It was awesome. It was juicy.

Rebecca: Oh! Yeah.

Andrew: So let’s talk about what brought on this topic, owning your gluten-free life.

Rebecca: So for many of you now that you’ve been listening, you know that if you follow me on Twitter, @prettylilceliac or if you follow me on Facebook, you know I’m pretty active on social media. I engage with people and I really try to answer as many questions as I can just to see what’s going on and look at other people’s blog. I just have really noticed a trend of everybody seeming to be negative nellies and get down on themselves or get down on other people or be frustrated all the time. It kind of rubs me the wrong way.

For me, I try to really be a positive role model. I make mistakes. I get sick sometimes. I’m off my game. I’m not claiming to be the most perfect person in the universe, but I do believe that there’s a level of positivity that you need to have when you have a lifestyle that can be very challenging or else, it just makes it a very dark place to be in. Don’t you think?

Andrew: Oh, totally! I think it’s confidence personally, just being not shy and just being confident in saying, “Hey, let’s go here. Let’s go there. I can’t have this or I can’t have that.” If you’re really shy or you have really low confidence, it could be really easy I think into turning this diagnosis into making you an introvert. Yeah, I totally think that – yeah, just go on. I think I agree with you.

Rebecca: Yeah! No, it’s hard enough to live this lifestyle. We have to plan for everything. Everybody has to accommodate us when we go out to eat or go places all the time because we have this special needs, whatever you want to call it. Yes, it is frustrating to live this lifestyle sometimes. And yes, it does take the convenience away of maybe just popping in to get something to eat or just going home for the holidays and being able to enjoy the things that we have always missed or have always enjoyed and now miss.

I think we harp on people and restaurants and family and businesses. We don’t understand why they can’t accommodate us or they didn’t accommodate us or they didn’t keep us safe or they’re not willing to try to learn about our disease. The truth is if you have Celiac disease, it’s a very difficult disease. Doctors struggle to understand it. You struggle to understand it. I don’t think that requesting your family to truly learn everything about the disease is really – not necessary, but I don’t think it’s fair and I think that you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.

My husband has a tree nut allergy that he will go into anaphylactic shock. That’s a very serious allergy. He grew up – his family, everybody, but not so very easy to say, “Are there nuts in this?” Typically, things aren’t made with – I mean, I guess if you’re in the Paleo world, things are made a lot with almond flower and stuff like that. But most products aren’t made with those things. And if they are, they’re clearly identified by saying ‘may contain tree nuts’ or ‘do contain nuts’ on the packaging.

And so I’ll give you an example. We went in February to visit my mother-in-law’s sister. We try to go to Texas every year or every other year for her birthday. The first trip I’ve taken there when I was gluten-free. The easiest thing for me to do was to ask Aaron’s Uncle Dick to take me to the grocery store when we got there and let me just stock up, spend $30-$40 on foods throughout the week, so I was never stuck relying on them to make me food.

Now it’s not that his Aunt didn’t want to make me food. It’s not that she didn’t research it a little bit before I got there to kind of have an idea, but I mean, think of how long it took you to learn to live gluten-free.

Andrew, how long do you think it really took you before you got it?

Andrew: Probably like over a year for sure.

Rebecca: Right! So if you’re going to visit someone for a week, would you expect them to put the time and the effort that you put in to learn about the disease just for you to visit for a week?

Andrew: That would be crazy, absolutely crazy!

Rebecca: But there are people that I’m interacting with, that I’m with engaging with, they get very upset that they went to cousin Joe’s house and Joe didn’t accommodate their gluten-free needs. What I will tell you is we need to do a better job of portraying eating gluten-free and living with Celiac disease in a more positive light. We need to take ownership of it and plan better, so bringing our own food to places, marking our own stuff down.

And it’s inconvenient, it is. Is it more inconvenient to prepare and pack your own foods and bring it to where you’re going or is it more inconvenient to have a horrible stomachache, a migraine, be sick for a week, lose your wages from your job, call off work, can’t play with your kids, be in bed? Which would you rather do?

For me, I’d rather take the ten minutes and plan out something and run to the store and grab some things that I know are going to keep me safe. It’s not fair for us to hold all these other people at the same level as we do when we live it every day. We can’t get upset and have these unrealistic expectations of other people to just know about it or to learn about it in a shorter frame than it took us to figure it out.

What do you do typically when you go places, Andrew?

Andrew: Well, I’ll just give you a couple of examples of just, for me, what I – you know, it’s been over a year now. But things that I do to make it easier for me. This is just clockwork for me. There is no thinking about it. It just comes natural to me now. For me, personally, like I just did a barbecue at my cousin’s house. I have a few people, like three people that I go to let’s say like on a monthly basis. I go hang out with them – my grandma’s house, my cousin’s house and then my own house. That’s actually why I bought it. And then my brother’s house in Fresno.

Each home, for me personally, I have a dedicated – even just a shelf. In my cousin’s house, I have part of his pantry as just mine. I have utensils over there. I have baking dishes over there because when I go over there, pretty sure, they know I like to cook.

I have food over there. There’s brownie mixes over there. There’s cooking mixes over there. I think there’s a cake mix over there. I think there’s chips, candy, probably a bunch of junk food – just stuff that I know if I go over there, if I need – actually, there’s even beer over there. I have alcohol there too – or hard alcohol.

So I know when I go over there enough, I’m going over there, we’re going to drink or we’re going to eat or do whatever. I know I already have my own stuff there. There’s no reason for me to think, “Oh, Jess, you should have something for me” or my grandmother. I’m going over there, I know that I have my own food there. That’s just what I do. It takes some preparation ahead of time.

Whenever I go out to go eat – I live in a super small town – there’s already a few places that I know that are safe. And before I even went there to go eat – and of course, I made the mistake of just going out to go eat and not thinking about it. And then after I started talking to the owners, I started talking to the servers, everyone already knows me when I go in.

But if I’m going to go somewhere else new, I’m going to call ahead, talk to the manager. It’s not even like, “Oh, I’m going out to go eat tonight. I’m going to go check everything.” Usually, I’ll know ahead of time, “Oh, we’re going to go out to eat tomorrow or on Wednesday” and I call that instant or that evening.

And when I can, I try to make it as easy on me and my group of people. I find out which times they’re not going to be so busy, so when I go in to go eat. It isn’t fully-packed. People make more mistakes when they’re super busy, so I like to go in at certain times maybe around lunch or right when dinner starts so that I get like – people aren’t so crazy and so busy and they can actually listen to me and comprehend what I’m saying.

What else? And like you said, you can’t expect everyone to know everything about your whole life and know everything about gluten-free or Celiac disease or your autoimmune disease, whatever foods that you need or what you can or can’t eat.

My mom, she’s always been like really wanting to learn everything about what’s going on with me. I guess your Mom loves you, so my Mom loves me. She listened to the podcast. She subscribes to my email newsletter. Actually, I just talked to her the other day and she’s like, “Oh, I didn’t receive your news magazine. Where is it?” I was like, “Oh well, it’s going to come out in a couple of days.” She’s like, “Oh, okay. I want to see it.” I’ve given her books because she asked me, so I try to educate her as best as I can. I know that she’s going to make educated decisions because she wants to learn about what’s going on with me.

That’s probably the only person that I could probably really trust to bring me a dish that’s going to be gluten-free. Maybe you can find someone in your own life that is on the same page with you – maybe it’s your wife, your husband or your significant other. Maybe it’s one person that you can help to be as educated as you are.

I think it’s possible. My mom, she has diet problems and she learns about Paleo stuff. She doesn’t implement nothing except for probably eating gluten-free. Seventy percent of the time, she does because she doesn’t feel like she reaps any benefits for some reason.

For me, part of owning my gluten-free is making it as easy as possible for me. If it means me being more upfront with people about where we’re going to go eat, what I’m going to go eat or going or just speaking up at a table, if it’s going to make it easier for me and like you said, not be sick for the next few days and not get paid, not be able to go player soccer…

And then another thing for me, I’m going to say I keep it in the back of my mind because I don’t want to freak myself out all the time, but I know that there are repercussions for me being sick. Even your accidental gluten’ng. That sucks! But I only want to get to the point where it’s accidental gluten’ng. Sure, that does happen, but I’m trying not to even get that accidental gluten’ng. I want no reason to ever get sick. I love feeling healthy and I know that when I eat gluten, I feel like – it’s horrible.

Rebecca: I mean, for me, it’s just more of I just let my guard down. Especially when I’m really hungry, I find that I’m more likely to put myself in that situation. But when you do get sick, if it happens, I mean I’m the last person to start blaming the restaurant, start blaming – it’s my fault. I’m the one that did it.

Andrew: Oh yeah, definitely. I never – I’m not going to say ‘never’, I try and I’m conscious of “It’s me” for me to put the blame on anyone. I try not to ever put the blame on anyone because ultimately, I’m in control of my life so the decisions that I make are going to bring upon certain results. So how can I expect for someone else’s mistake or for something that happened to me to put on someone else? I don’t like to put blame on people.

Rebecca: I mean, I think there are situations though. I’ve seen situations from other people where I mean, surely, the restaurant did screw up. I’m not saying that there aren’t situations where someone else may have made a mistake.

Andrew: To put blame on someone and just think like, “Oh, this person jacked me up,” what is that going to do for you? What good is that going to do for you.

Rebecca: Right!

Andrew: I just don’t like complaining person. I don’t like complainers. I don’t like people that complain. I don’t like to complain. It doesn’t do anything for me to complain. It doesn’t [inaudible 00:19:49]. It just makes me more upset.

Rebecca: I mean, you’re in this community a lot. Do you tend to notice the trend towards negativity?

Andrew: Well, I do see people that are negativity and then there’s also a lot of people that are just silent or positive. I just don’t get it honestly sometimes when people post something about, “Oh, this sucks!” or something. I see pictures on Instagram or something. It’s like, “Whoa! If it sucks, why are you telling us all. I don’t want to hear about things that suck or things that are horrible personally.” There’s a lot more bad stuff than good stuff, that’s for sure.

Rebecca: Hey! I just posted something gross.

Andrew: Yeah, especially for me…

Rebecca: Yeah, but for me, it’s more like, “Don’t spend $4 on this.”

Andrew: Yeah, that’s totally different. We’re talking about something different. Just the whole food thing, just some things that kind of bug me. I just don’t even understand when someone is like, “Oh, I’m a gluten-free blogger .com, blah-blah,” whatever. And then it’s like, “Oh, I went to this place and tried this food. It’s probably not gluten-free, but I just saw someone post for science’s sake or something and they’re like trying to re-create a new recipe and I went to eat something, like dimsum or something…”

Rebecca: What?

Andrew: Yeah.

Rebecca: Are you kidding?

Andrew: I swear. I don’t understand who are they trying to – who’s reading their stuff that would be interested in learning about someone cheating or something to make a recipe for you that’s gluten-free, I don’t know.

The last time we recorded, Rebecca was saying people complain or whatever on social media. I was telling her, “Yeah, that sucks” or whatever or, “Yeah, I’ve seen that too” and then I told her about I don’t do it myself. But it was actually on 4th of July weekend I was at my cousin’s house again, the same thing. I didn’t take any desert. I didn’t feel like eating desert at the time. I didn’t think I was going to want desert. There was obviously no desert that was safe for me to eat. I pulled out my phone and I typed in on Facebook, on the page, I typed in – what did I say? “Click like if there’s no desert.”

A bunch of people clicked like and then all the comments under the status updates was like, “Oh, there’s a ton” and all these awesome desert they have. And I was thinking like, “Oh, they must’ve read the post incorrectly thinking like, “Click like if you have gluten-free desert” and I was there just thinking like, “Oh, you know, this sucks. There’s nothing there for me to eat.” But it was ultimately my own fault for not taking something. I could’ve taken some berries and a sort of cream or something. I didn’t and I was just stuck with no desert.

Rebecca: What a horrible thing to have happen.

Andrew: No, yeah. That was my own decision. I could’ve taken something. There’s berries in my fridge right now. There’s a coconut milk can inside my fridge right now. I could’ve easily whipped up some coconut cream or had some berries or something or made some cookies or anything.

Actually, I’m thinking about it now, I don’t even know why I didn’t even bake anything. Actually, I probably was not feeling like baking anything. That’s why I didn’t do it.

Yeah, there was nothing for me to eat. I was bummed. That’s life. Now I can move on. The next time, I will make something.

Rebecca: But we have to remember, we are obviously the minority in society. People perceive the gluten-free lifestyle to be a kitsch fad or diet fad or weight loss something or a necessary evil for people who have to live like me with Celiac disease or whoever else. And so we need to remember that when we’re presenting ourselves, presenting our lifestyle to other people because for me, I want people to understand that living gluten-free has completely changed my life. I’m healthy. I’m happy. I feel good. I have energy. Mentally, I feel so much better. I want people to associate eating gluten-free with me and my positive attitude and what it has done for me and it saved my life from all the medical problems I was having.

I don’t want how I portray this lifestyle to correlate with the stereotypes that other people believe for this, for how we live. Even if I get poisoned or even if I’m not happy with the restaurant or even if I’m just having a bad day, I will always spin that into it happens to everybody, it’s life. Things happen. We get poisoned. It just happens. There’s nothing to eat, places. It’s going to happen to us.

I’ve just learned to accept that. Once you learn to accept that and start to look at all the positive things that it’s done for you in your life, that is how I want people to see my life. I don’t want people to feel bad for me. I don’t want people to tell me like, “Oh, I would kill myself if I have to stop eating pizza,” all those stupid, idiot comments we get from people all the time. That stuff just bounces right off of me. It doesn’t even do anything to me anymore.

To those people that think that way or say those things, I want to be the person that changes their view of it. I want to be that person that they realized, “Oh, well it’s not so bad. She can go out to eat. She can still have a life and be happy and be fine. It’s not maybe what they want to eat,” but still I’m not sitting at home crocheting on my coach while everyone else is having a good time.

So for me, I just want to make sure that everybody kind of takes a second to think about how other people are perceiving the gluten-free lifestyle based on what they’re telling them, what they’re saying, what they’re putting on social media, how they’re acting at work, at home, at Church or whatever because the more positive we can be about our lifestyle, the more we can elicit change in other people and the more other people can understand it and honestly, the more people would want to learn about it.

I mean, wouldn’t you want to learn about something from someone who said, “This has changed my life” than from someone who’s like, “Oh, my God! This lifestyle is horrible. It’s so terrible. I hate it,” whatever. I don’t want to learn anything from them.

Andrew: That’s exactly how I came to find out about eating gluten-free. For me, I thought she was just super stressed, going to work, blah-blah, whatever and she’s still a great person. But once she went gluten-free, within a week, she was like a totally different person. I was like, “Holy ****! This is crazy!” So that was part of my incentive to want to change the way that I want to eat – yeah, basically, she was an inspiration, the change in her health. She’s definitely a negative nelly or anything like that. I saw a change in her, plus it took more than just her. Just reading on Facebook, just on my Facebook page, people were saying, “Oh, cure to this, cure to that, cure to that.” I was like, “Whoa! This sounds like super fake. This is like the fakest thing ever.”

I swear for a while, I thought this is just in their heads because there’s no way that – my best friend’s grandma has fibromyalgia. Her and her sister, they always hang out together. Our family come to their functions and stuff. They tell me about their pain before just because I talk to ladies a lot. I don’t know, they always talk to me.

They would tell me about their horrible pain. And then people on Facebook would tell me, “Oh, people with fibromyalgia, they went gluten-free and a lot of their pain is gone.”

I’m thinking, “First of all, I think fibromyalgia is crazy. It sounds like the worst thing in the world and there’s no way that Auntie Diane could friggin’ eat gluten-free and totally get rid of that pain. She’s been in that pain since the beginning of time.”

Yeah, so for me, I thought it was crazy. I was like, “This seems like a miracle drug or something. It’s not even a drug, it’s just not eating gluten.” So I thought that was insane.

And for me, I was like, “I’m just going to try it and see what goes on.” For me, it was like I would like to exude liberation. I feel like a different person now than I did a few years ago and it’s not like, “Oh, I feel better in my heart because I read 20 books” or I don’t know, something. It’s like my body functions the way it’s supposed to be functioning. So I feel great!

Rebecca: So the message of this podcast is just evaluate how you’re portraying our lifestyle.

Andrew: Definitely.

Rebecca: Is that something that you would want to hear about if you were someone else because eventually, people are just going to tune you out.

Andrew: Yeah, be a great example of a person who has Celiac disease, eating gluten-free and is thriving. It’s like, “Who the hell is this person? I didn’t even know this person before. They’re awesome.”

I think that exuding confidence and just being straightforward and not letting any little thing put you down. Like you were saying, if something does happen like Rebecca just got gluten’d over the weekend, she can move in her life and it’s okay. It’s not like she’s going to start and be that song for the next two weeks, “Celiac sucks!” or someone gluten’d her because they didn’t tell her the truth about the fryer or something.

Let’s go into the listener feedback. Rebecca, you get the first one.

Rebecca: First of all, this is so exciting. We’ve had so much positive feedback. It just warms my heart. It really re-emphasizes the fact that there is a need for what we’re talking about and that we are really helping people in this gluten-free journey. It just makes me feel tremendous that you and I can spend an hour a week impacting so many people’s lives.

So I just want to say thank you for all your feedback – especially this one. This one comes from Sgt. Natalie from the United States. She says:

I am in the Air Force and a Celiac. I really feel alone at time since my co-workers don’t have to worry about what they eat or even understand that it’s not a fad. It’s been very relieving to listen to this podcast and know there are others that live with the struggles as I do. Thank you so much for your uplifting words. It doesn’t go unappreciated or unnoticed. Keep it up! I’m always looking to see if another one is posted. Thank you.

And thank you, Natalie for serving our country and for leaving this comment to just let us know that we’re helping you. I mean, that’s really what we’re trying to do and the point of our podcast. So thank you.

Andrew: Yeah, I just want to say thank you as well. Yeah, I totally get stoked every single time I see a review. I think we’re about 42 reviews or actually something like that. There was a review posted the other day and I was just super stoke of it knowing that – yeah, like what Rebecca just said, knowing that we’re helping people through this journey and that people listen for a whole hour and we can pass on them – I think it’s just normal advice that you could probably get if we were all normal (which you’d probably then wouldn’t be listening to the podcast), but we’re kind of all different. I don’t know, I just get really stoked off the reviews knowing that I’m helping someone in the world and they’re listening.

Thank you so much for listening that comment. If you want to leave a comment – actually, I’m asking you to leave a comment. On this episode, it’s going to be GFMagazine.com/10. You can also leave a review on iTunes. Just go to iTunes on your computer and on the phone and search for GFMagazine or GFMagazine Podcast or something like that. Click on ‘Write a Review’ and give us 5-stars and let us know what you think about our podcast. I’d really appreciate it.

From there, we’re going to go into the news and updates. It’s been a while now, but GFMagazine is now available on the iPhone. I’m crossing my fingers that what I’m saying is going to be correct because I submitted it last week and it usually takes about a week, so it should be available on the iPhone. I think it’s going to be pretty cool just because you’ll be able to have it in your hands so you can read it in the bank or while you’re in line somewhere or just share it easier with other people because it’s going to be on the iPhone [inaudible 00:32:31].

So any updates for you, Rebecca? I know you have a busy schedule coming up. You’re going to a bunch of places.

Rebecca: Yes! This weekend, I will be in Chicago for the giant BlogHer Conference. I’m pretty pumped about that. To me, it’s so many new blogger friends out there and bring everybody back a ton of information.

I am going to also be attending the Celiac Disease Symposium at the University of Chicago, September 22nd I think to the 25th. So I’m just incredibly excited to go and learn from these amazing doctors and professionals about the disease. It’s the 15th International Celiac Disease Symposium and I think – don’t hold me to this, but I think it’s only the second time it’ll be held in the United States. So it’s going to be a huge event.

Also, I will be speaking at the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in November in Las Vegas. That’s the first weekend November. So I’ve got some big, big things coming up.

Andrew: Sounds like fun. Sounds like fun.

Rebecca: Yeah. And my website just got a little facelift.

Andrew: Oh really? I didn’t even check it out.

Rebecca: Yeah, well it’s not ready yet.

Andrew: Oh, okay.

Rebecca: But it will be by the time everyone hears this. So I’m pretty excited, yes. So that’s all I’ve got going on. Just a few things.

Andrew: So let’s move into the Think About It section. What’s your quote for today?

Rebecca: Well, obviously, it’s going to be a positivity quote clearly since we’ve just talked about that for however long. But I think I’m going to pick today that:

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will ~Zig Ziglar.

Andrew: Yup! I wake up every day trying to be as positive as possible. It’s like the first thing when I roll out of my website. I want today to be awesome.

Rebecca: I hate waking up.

Andrew: Really? I wake up super easily.

Rebecca: Usually, I’m thinking, “Oh, my God! I have to get out of bed now.” But then I snap out of it.

Andrew: Yeah, I feel like I’m racing every single day, so I got to be faster than my slow self. Every day is a race for me. So I’m stoked off, yeah.

Okay, so my quote is by Seth Godin. He’s talking about business, but I’m going to spin this into what we’re talking about today. The quote is:

Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should up a life you don’t need to escape from.

So how does this tie into – well, if you feel like every day sucks and you want someone to just cater for you 24/7 and be like in some gluten-free vacation paradise, maybe it’s time for you to start owning your gluten-free life so it doesn’t suck so much.

Rebecca: I like that.

Andrew: Yeah. And then what is your Healthy Change Challenge for this week, Rebecca?

Rebecca: To replace one drink a day with one glass of water.

Andrew: That sounds doable to me. I like doable goals.

Rebecca: I would love to have everyone put down their diet cokes and pour them out and throw them in the garbage and never buy them again, but I know that’s not realistic. So I’m just going to put this out there that replacing one or two glasses of water a day will help significantly.

Andrew: Yeah, it will help with a lot of stuff.

Rebecca: Feed yourselves! Especially with all the digestion issues we have, water is so good for that.

Andrew: Yeah. And then just sugar is so bad for that.

Rebecca: Well, and so is artificial sugar. It’s the worst.

Andrew: Yeah. But just extra sugar is bad. I talked about that I think a couple of episodes ago, the amount of sugar everyone should be taking in. So yeah, eventually drinking that soda.

Now that will never happen for me. I like the Mexican sodas. They’re called Jarritos. I just had one the other day. It was so good. But yeah, I don’t drink much soda very often. I think that’s going to be it for the podcast, yeah?

Rebecca: Yeah!

Andrew: Alright! Thank you for listening to the GFMagazine Podcast with Rebecca and I. This is episode no. 10. Thank you so much for listening. We do so much really appreciate your time and we will see you next week. Bye.

Rebecca: Bye!

Andrew: This has been another episode of the GFMagazine Podcast with Andrew Cordova and Rebecca Black. For more tips and advice on how to make gluten-free more enjoyable, visit GFMagazine.com. Join the newsletter, it’s free!

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    Thank you!

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      Glad you’re enjoying the podcast!

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